BUSINESS: Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences Partnership Advances New Ways Of Addressing Health Care, Unveils New Brand

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By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher

DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University (MSU) today unveiled the new unified brand of their partnership, Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences, celebrating eight months of rapid progress in advancing initiatives to improve health care in Michigan and beyond.

Launched in January 2021 with the bold purpose of advancing a new standard of health care, HFH+MSU Health Sciences has already created critical infrastructure and new pathways for pioneering research, cancer care, education and equitable care delivery and outcomes. The brand logo, which blends the colors of both institutions, leverages a “+”, to show the shared commitment and power of two national leaders working together to achieve this goal.

“We have already mobilized a stellar group across our institutions to make changes to improve health care delivery and combat the health disparities which plague our most vulnerable communities. Rural and urban,” Wright L. Lassiter (president and CEO, Henry Ford Health System) said. “Together we are leveraging all of our resources and expertise to advance our mission. We have the power and potential to be truly transformative for our patients and practitioners.”

“Preparing today’s medical community to meet tomorrow’s health care needs starts with education. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. (Michigan State University president) said that he is excited about the groundbreaking work done through the partnership and the support he provides to students, alumni and faculty. “This is an exciting time for reimagining how our two world-class institutions think about, innovate, and deliver health and wellness across the state of Michigan and the nation. ”

During the past eight months, the HFH+MSU Health Sciences team has achieved significant progress across its clinical care, education and research initiatives, including:

  • Advancing research and innovation: Michigan State University will be welcoming up to 115 researchers from Henry Ford Health to serve within the university, creating new synergies for collaboration and innovative research.
  • Amplifying cancer research and care: The combined team has established collaborative cancer research task forces composed of more than 100 scientists and clinicians across both institutions, and identified approximately $8 million in active National Cancer Institute funding across both institutions. In August, a joint symposium explored how collaboration between clinicians, administrators, and cancer researchers will help to differentiate our Cancer Center capabilities.
  • Embedding justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in the Health Sciences ecosystem: The team has articulated key goals and actions that seek to eliminate health disparities, address social determinants of health, and remove barriers to care and medical education opportunities. This includes a commitment towards educating diverse health care providers, and ensuring equitable access to high-quality health care for marginalized and historically disenfranchised populations.
  • Improving access to care: Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and MSU Health Care are joining forces to provide zero-dollar premium HMO and PPO plans to approximately 100,000 Medicare-eligible Michigan State University alumni.
  • Combining leadership roles: Richard Leach, M.D., a national expert on in vitro fertilization and an academic researcher at MSU, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Women’s Health Services for Henry Ford Health. While Dr. Leach continues to serve as the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Leach will continue in this role.
  • Supporting COVID precautions on campus: Henry Ford Health screened MSU athletes for myocarditis and pericarditis, a common complication of COVID for young males, to clear them for sports participation, and provided quick and accurate COVID screenings for the university to open safely.

“Opening doors to health care in Michigan is crucial to transform lives and the future for our state,” stated Steven Kalkanis M.D., President of Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences. He is also the senior vice president and chief academic office of Henry Ford Health System. He is also the chief executive officer of Henry Ford Medical Group. “This partnership was created with the goal of changing how we think about, innovate and deliver health and well-being. We can all drive vital change together.” Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. is the executive vice president for Health Sciences at Michigan State University. “We are doing so with an unprecedented scale and reach; committed to working together with communities across the state, toward substantial change for the next 30 years and beyond.”

About Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences

The product of a landmark, 30-year partnership, Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences is focused on setting a new standard for how individuals and communities experience care across the state of Michigan and the nation. About Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences

A joint research enterprise, the establishment of a strong cancer center, furthering clinical innovations and programs, as well as a focus on academic medicine and health education, Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences is focused on reimagining healthcare innovation, delivering quality health care and combating health disparities in vulnerable communities.

About Henry Ford Health System

Founded in 1915 by Henry Ford himself, Henry Ford Health System is a nonprofit, academic and integrated health system comprising five acute-care hospitals, destination facilities for cancer and orthopedics and sports medicine, three behavioral health facilities, a health plan and more than 250 care sites, including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacies, eye care facilities and other health care services. The health system has more than 33,000 employees and is home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the nation’s most recognized physician groups. More than 2,500 physicians are also affiliated with the health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network and Jackson Health Network. Henry Ford Health System is also one of the nation’s major academic medical centers, receiving nearly $100 million in annual research funding, among Michigan’s largest NIH-funded institutions. Also, an active participant in medical education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing in Michigan and provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians.

About MSU

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges. MSU has been providing health care education for over a century. Combined, the human health colleges – the College of Human Medicine, the College of Nursing and the College of Osteopathic Medicine – have nearly 2,000 medical students, 2,500 residents and fellows, more than 500 nursing students and 20,000 alumni, most of whom practice in Michigan. It is the only university that has on-campus schools that can produce allopathic and osteopathic doctors, nurses, and veterinarians.

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